I when to visit an old friend who had flown with me throughout the late 60’s into 70’s, 1980’s and well into the 1990’s, back and forth across the atlantic. She had stayed with and my wife, when she was in the US. This time it was my turn, so in 1998 I when to visit my friend. I when too a little town of Thann lies on the eastern slopes of the Vosges, in the department of Haut-Rhin (Alsace). A historic town which once belonged to the Habsburgs in the Middle-Ages, Thann is renown for its remarkable Gothic church and the Rangen vineyard. The town is also the southern gate to the Alsace Wine Route.
Unlike the Alps and the Pyrenees, the Vosges mountains are synonymous with softness thanks to the rounded shape of their peaks, the “ballons” (rounded summits). The immense forest covers 60% of the mountain range’s surface area and features mostly conifers (firs, pines, spruces) and beech. Yet this mountainous mass still offers a variety of landscapes, including glacial lakes, wet and high altitude meadows, deep valleys, waterfalls, cliffs and rocks.
Famous for framing the vineyards of Alsace, the Vosges Mountains are a range of low mountains located in eastern France. The Vosges run parallel to the Rhine River for about 70 miles along a swath loosely defined as the area between the German border (to the north) and town of Belfort (to the south/southwest). The Vosges are defined as being wholly in France; the rolling hills and uplands that continue north of the German border are referred to as the Hardt Hills (Hardt Mountains/part of the Palatinate Forest).